Approximately 700 Black Mountain Utility District Customers are awaiting the return of water service as workers hurry to make repairs and get the system back online.
BMUD alerted customers water service would be cut off for Wallins, Sawbriar and Coldiron beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday. Beginning Tuesday morning, Kentucky Rural Water began working with the district to assist in finding and fixing the problem.
Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley said crews are working hard to get the water flowing.
“They are working diligently to get everybody restored as quickly as possible,” Mosley said. “They’ve got Kentucky Rural Water Association in here helping them.”
Mosley explained BMUD has been dealing with leaks in the system for some time.
“They’ve been having some serious problems with leaks in the Wallins area for the last month or so,” Mosley said. “They just haven’t been able to get that corrected in a stable fashion. They kept having multiple leaks. After they would repair one, another leak would spring up somewhere else.”
Mosley said Kentucky Rural Water Association and the Division of Water made some recommendations for remedying the situation for the long term.
Mosley mentioned there are avenues for people to get water during the outage.
“The Wallins Fire Department have graciously agreed to be the distribution point for people that want to come and get water,” Mosley said. “They can get gallon jugs there. People can also take jugs and fill them up at the Tremont Service Station.”
Mosley said service is expected to be returned to all customers by the end of the week.
“There have been some rumors circulating that it’s going be much longer than that, but nobody has given me any indication that’s going to be the case,” Mosley said. “I know it’s an enormous inconvenience for many people. But the long-term solution needs to be addressed. People want reliable, dependable service and the plan they are working on right now is the best plan to ensure that happens.”
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